IPA Simcoe
The Kernel Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,558
Ranked #10,549
4.18 | pDev: 6.7%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
IPA SimcoeIPA Simcoe
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 19
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gavin for the bottle.

Pours an amber color, with a huge, bubbly head.

Offers aromas of citrus topped papaya, together with cakey malts and a pleasant dankness. Underneath is a layer of ice bonbon infused grassiness detectable, which lets the juicy fruits blend flawlessly into the sweeter malt foundation of the beer.

Has a medium carbonation and a soft mouthfeel, turning instantly dry during the beers finish, complimenting the hops well.

Tastes of bready, dough malts with a hint of salted caramel to them, getting joined by ripe, sweet fruits, exhibiting red apple, tangerine and mango. This produces an surprisingly sweet melange, which then gets balanced by an incredibly bitter citrus hoppiness, introduced by the recognizable carbonation. Slick citrus pulp features a bitter, long lasting finish, swallowing almost the complete initial predominant malt sweetness.

Convinces by its great, soft, clean mouthfeel and extreme versatility, including a great balance between sweet fruits and citrus bitterness.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, non-descript thin tan wrap around bottle, block, dark brown lettering, with brewery name, style, hops, and ABV (6.7%) on this batch.
Bottled on date April 8th 2013; best before 8/8/2013.
Back of label emplores one to "Please drink fresh" in all caps.

Clear, amber elixir, minimal white rim, not much lacing.

The aroma is all Simcoe and delicious.

Pine, grapefruit bitterness, a bit of malt at the back.

Tart, tangy, medium body, well carbonated.

Simply well done Simcoe IPA. The brewers know what they wanted to achieve and have made a nice single hopped IPA.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical cloudy orange amber Kernel affair with a small but lingering head with some good lace.

Again that fantastic Kernel malt nose of mango, pineapple, pine, grass, honey, yeastie hints and a touch of brown sugar??

A touch thin in the mouth, but I'm marking harshly because I love the kernel. Big fruity malt hop combo. The sweetish banana-esque English caramel malt with pineapple and pepper hops are an incredible combo hinting at mango, pineapple, grass, papaya, pomegranate and all things ambrosia. This isn't a hop bomb with a malt base but a beer where the malt, hop and yeast flavours blend perfectly and synergistically. And the 8% ABV is invisible.

No one element in here is a 5 to be honest, but overall, it's a 5.

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4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goblet poured at the brewery. Consumed in a charmingly dirty alley. Reviewed from notes.

A: Opaque tangerine body with a sticky layer of off-white head. Good retention, great lacing. Pretty nice.

S: Rich grapefruit + orange, with just a hint of grassiness. Classic Simcoe, and refreshingly un-catty.

T: The Simcoe just keeps going and going, never letting the malt get a word in edgewise. Rich, intense, and beautifully balanced between citrus hops sweetness and huge bitterness.

M: Fairly full body with understated, but rather lively, carbonation.

O: This is my first Kernel beer, and I have to admit I was not expecting to taste a truly top-notch American-style hop-bomb. The Simcoe shines as brightly in this beer as in any D/IPA I've ever had stateside, and overall it's just a wonderful beer. I can barely get over the cognitive dissonance of drinking such an outstanding, progressively styled brew in such a strange location. All distractions aside, I can't wait to try more offerings from this brewery.


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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown-peach with a clingy off-white head. Orange candy and tropical blossom nose. Papaya honey cake malts with signature passionfruit hops and a heavy bitterness (high alphas?) throughout. Grapefruit pith dryness at the end. Medium, chewy, no burn.

Fruity, but also a palate wrecker. Pretty much what you want from a single hop IPA.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Orange with a thin head that did not last very long but left sweet sticky lacing and kept a thin film for its entirety.

S - Subdued but sweet floral hops, biscuity malt and orange / citrus zest. Very nicely balanced aroma.

T - Hops, citrus, pine needles, not as sweet and flowery as the smell would have indicated but rather a nice crisp sharp set of flavors and a nutty pine aftertaste that was very dry adn refreshing.

M&D - Silky smooth and near perfect carboation in my opinion. I thought that this was a very drinkable beer as well.

Will be buying more and hopefully visiting the brewery (if that is an option) in the near future. Would love to this one fresh and on Cask somewhere.

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IPA Simcoe from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 19 ratings